Saturday Prayer – Prayer for Healing

Oh Christ the Healer, This is our prayer. Heal our broken bodies Heal our broken hearts Heal our broken world. And when the time for healing is past and gone or not yet come grant us strength and courage and the holy help of one another. Amen. Jennifer Garrison Brownell serves as pastor at Vancouver… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Imperfect Edition

  Hello, fellow imperfect preachers. Last week’s sermon was a mess? This week’s isn’t looking much better? It’s always possible to find at least *one* thing you could have said more clearly or delivered more energetically? Then, you’ve come to the right place! It’s the RevGalBlogPals 11th Hour Preacher Party! Bring your questions, ideas, beginnings… Read More

Ask the Matriarch: Dealing With Ministry Disappointment

October is “Pastor Appreciation Month.” Surely we Revs don’t do what we do expecting to get goodies or accolades from those we serve, but it feels good when a congregation takes the time to notice and care about our work on their behalf. Taking that word “appreciation” in a little different direction: Can any not-a-Rev… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Mouthful

What is in your mouth? What words, what complaints, what praises, what bitterness? This Sunday’s Revised Common Lectionary texts offer quite a mouthful: Job’s mouth is unapologetically filled with complaints and arguments, as he rages, “Oh, that I knew where I might find God in order to make my case!” (Job 23:3-4) A rich man… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Connecting columbus

CW:  I can’t avoid talking about violence today, so if you aren’t in a place to read about that right now, please tend to your heart and maybe come back later. If you’re a white woman in particular (like me), I do hope you come back, or stretch your resilience muscles to take this in… Read More